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FredK: How to display Korean on a browser? (2009-01-04 20:23) [#5517]

How can I display Korean characters on Windows Explorer IE7 or Mozilla Firefox or other browsers? (I am running the Windows XP Professional OS, with service pack 3.)

One set of instructions says to go to Control Panel -> Date, Time, Language and Regional Options -> Regional and Language Options , and then, on the resulting window, click the Language tab, and then in the box Supplemental Language Support, click the little box for "Install files for East Asian Languages" and click Apply.

But: the little box already has a check mark in it, yet I cannot, in many cases, display Korean on any browser. For instance, on the University of Bridgeport Korean Language Institute link [ext] http://www.bridgeport.edu/Indexhtml/Centers/Disted/crsmaterials/korn101/ (click the link for Classroom) I get hash instead of Hangul characters.

I tried to download the Korean language pack from Microsoft, but it is apparently downloadable only by users with the most current Microsoft Office -- mine is very old. A Microsoft multilanguage support pack for IE5 will not install on my computer -- an error message comes up saying I need the later pack (which I cannot download because, in fact, I am *not* running the correct software.) And, anyhow, I am interested, at the moment in my browsers, not Office.

I have no trouble whatever with Japanese, but at this point I don't recall what I ever did to set it up when my computer was new.

My daughter bought me an introductory Korean book as a gift and I've started reading it, but it would be nice to take advantage of online materials...


Unkx80: Often needs experimentation (2009-01-04 20:34) [#5518]

In Firefox 3: From the menu, select "View", then "Character Encoding". Then try the various encodings to find one that works. In this case, EUC-KR seems to work. Curiously, auto-detection for Korean encodings does not work for this page.

There is a similar menu setting in IE.

Webpage authors really should tell the browser of the encoding through the HTML http-equiv meta tag, but a lot of people don't.

FredK: Re: Often needs experimentation (2009-01-04 21:11) [#5519]

Hi, Thanks!

With your instructions, I am now displaying Hangul properly everywhere except on the built-in AOL browser (which doesn't have a "VIEW" menu, nor can I find an "ENCODE" menu anywhere.)

As an experiment (with the non-AOL browsers) I tried flipping back and forth between Japanese and Korean pages to make sure nothing bad happens; in some cases I have to "remind" the browser that it knows the one language (by revisiting the ENCODING menu) after I've had it displaying the other; but other times I don't. Interesting.

Anyhow, this is a satisfying conclusion to a frustrating weekend. Thanks again.


FredK: Re: Success, even with AOL (2009-01-04 22:03) [#5520]

I've just discovered where the ENCODING menu is hidden, on AOL: On the U of Bridgeport webpage, for instance (link in previous message), I right-clicked on a misdisplayed character itself, right in the middle of the page, and a drop-down menu opened up with the necessary encoding options. This made the whole page display properly.

I had just,two minutes before, finished an online chat with an AOL tech support person who assured me that AOL software simply does not support the display of Hangul characters, except "in websites that are really written in Korean". I explained that it was precisely such UNICODE characters that I wanted to display, but the agent repeated that it couldn't be done. Maybe he was thinking of the HTML tag you referred to in an earlier message.

Anyhow, he seems to have been mistaken.

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